The Girl in the Steel Corset
by Kady Cross
June 27, 2012

Steampunk is a hot topic right now.  If you aren't familiar with the term, Steampunk is a genre that blends science fiction, fantasy, alternate history, horror and speculative fiction. I've been dipping into this genre on and off and discovered a great read by Kady Cross.  The Girl in the Steel Corset features Finley Jayne, a 16 year old in Victorian England who feels she is a freak.  She can throw a punch that will knock out a grown man.  Her adventures are a great romp and a fun look at alternate history in England.

The Sinner
by Tess Gerritsen
June 19, 2012

I don't know about you but I am really enjoying the Rizzoli and Isles series on TNT this summer.  What you may not be aware of - this TV show is based on a great mystery series by Tess Gerritsen.  I just finished The Sinner.  A dead nun is discovered in a pool of blood in the cloister.  While the death is horrific - it leads Rizzoli and Isles on quite a trail that includes finding out the young nun gave birth some time in her past. I highly recommend giving this series a read!!!

Mudbound
by Hillary Jordan
June 14, 2012

Mudbound is an incredible book about prejudice set in the Mississippi Delta in 1946.  It won the Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction and I can see why.  This is Jordan's first novel and hits on all marks: well-written, great characters and an engaging plot.  I often don't like award winners but this one bucked that trend!!

Fiddlers
by Ed McBain
June 10, 2012

Just read Fiddlers by Ed McBain on vacation and I have to say this series is always a solid read.  If you haven't read McBain before, you are in for a treat if you are a fan of police procedurals.

The White Tiger
by Aravind Adiga
June 6, 2012

I liked this book because it really immersed me in the culture of India that you don't normally see or read about. Bollywood this isn't.